Festival of Carols will fill air with music of Christmas

Quota International of Weyburn’s annual Festival of Carols is set to hold two performances on Sunday, Dec. 1, bringing the sounds of Christmas to Grace United Church.

There will be an afternoon performance at 2 p.m., and again at 7 p.m., with a different lineup of choirs, groups and performers for each time slot.

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The series of photos show the Carol Festival through the years, including from the first festival in 1954; from the 1970s; the Rotary Club from 1987; the Quota Club leading in Silent Night in 1994; and three photos from last year's performances.

Both performances will begin with community singing and the Quota choir, and both will end with singing of “Silent Night”, with Quota members holding candles as everyone is invited to sing along.

The afternoon will include Rod Stafford playing the saxophone, the Christmas story will be read by Jean Fahlman, and groups will include the St. Michael School Singers (Grades 2-6), Cornerstone Carollers (music teachers), Small Voices of Grace, the Rotary Club, Assiniboia Park’s Grades 4-6 choir, and the Grace United Chancel Choir.

In the evening, featured performers include Rod Stafford on saxophone, Zion Lutheran’s Holy Notes, the Weyburn CU Sparklers, Grade 10-11-12 combined choir from the Weyburn Comp, the Spirit of Grace (girls aged nine to 12), the WCS Junior Choir (Grades 7-9), the WCS Rise Choir, and the Variations community choir.

The Carol Festival is free of charge to attend, but Quota members will be taking a silver collection at the door, with any proceeds going towards supporting their projects and organizations in the community.

They support the toy library at the Weyburn Public Library, and classroom sound systems in Weyburn schools, among other projects.